Further to yesterday’s post about pubs still being able to serve alcohol on a strict takeaway basis, Derbyshire Police would like to make people aware of a further change.
The Prime Minister last night announced restrictions on movement across the UK in order to stem the spread of coronavirus among the population.
Those tightened restrictions now mean that pubs can no longer serve alcohol, even on a takeaway basis.
Pubs can only remain serving food on a takeaway basis and only if they have a restaurant facility as food has been classified by the Government as the essential item – not alcohol.
Restaurants and cafes can continue to serve takeaway food only.
Police say they know that the vast majority of pub managers and licensees across Derbyshire are already abiding by the Government sanctions in the wake of COVID-19 and the force would like to thank them.
They're are also aware that some pubs have continued to open and Police licensing teams, together with local authorities, are already gathering information about them. Those who flout the regulations may face unlimited fines and the potential revocation of their license further down the line.
The force are reminding people that unless they are included in a very specific list of businesses that can still operate, they must close.
That list can be found here, along with any exemptions: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close?utm_source=77e9a975-dcba-4146-b1f9-d36e8d01465f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate
Officers also want to reassure the public that we are taking their reports seriously.